Now, aside from being riddled with the anti-homosexual bigotry that you'd generally expect from a fundamentalists, she takes it many steps further. She's decided to openly back a teacher by the name of John Freshwater who was fired from a school in Mount Vernon, Ohio for inappropriate religious activity. She makes sure she brings up how he was unfairly treated for simply telling children to question science and scientists. The problem is that she's plainly lying by omission.
The following was released from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE):
"On January 10, 2011, the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education voted 4-1 to terminate the employment of John Freshwater. A middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Freshwater was accused of inappropriate religious activity in the classroom — including displaying posters with the Ten Commandments and Bible verses, branding crosses on the arms of his students with a high-voltage electrical device, and teaching creationism. After a local family sued Freshwater and the district in 2008, the board voted to begin proceedings to terminate his employment in the district. Finally, after administrative hearings that proceeded sporadically over two years, the referee presiding over the hearings issued his recommendation that the board terminate his employment with the district."
Now, note the line that jumps out at me: "branding crosses on the arms of his students with a high-voltage electrical device." I mean, who in good conscious, with any morals whatsoever, can support this guy? That's child abuse, plain and simple. But yet, Dr. Georgia Purdom backs him fully and sees him as being persecuted for his religion. Ya, he was persecuted in the same way Lawrence Murphy has been persecuted for his religious practice of raping 200 deaf children. This is completely absurd.
Now, after rolling in the dirt of Freshwater's misdeeds, Dr. Purdom goes even further, to my disgust. She begins speaking about the teaching of children and about her own Sunday school class. In this she claims that
"I teach Sunday school for first through third grade, and over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing dinosaurs, radiometric dating methods, natural selection, and mutations. I teach them that what they learn in public school in regard to historical science concerning these ideas is not the truth. I teach them how to defend their faith and give answers from a young age starting with the Bible."
She speaks in this, and other posts about how the bible is a solid, proven historical document illustrating the history of the universe. In my opinion, Dr. Georgia Purdom should be committed.
Her drivel of a blog can be found here
In The News
This week in the news, I have an in memorium for you. I'd like to say a few words about David Kato, a gay rights activist from Uganda. He was killed last Wednesday in his home, beaten to death with a hammer. He was killed for being gay in Uganda. This is a crime mostly due to the teachers of evangelical missionaries from the United States that spread the hatred of homosexuality to the people of Uganda. This is yet another addition to the death count that we can attribute to the spread of fundamentalists bigotry and hate in the world. So here we bid farewell to a great man who fought for what was right and we live in the hope that others like David Kato will stand up to the hatred and bigotry. We live in the hope that others like David Kato will continue the fight.
Science and Technology
This week I'd like to showcase a contest put out by NASA for grade school children called the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest. They are to create a video showcasing technology and applications from NASA as it applies here on earth. It's really an excellent exercise for children and fun to watch. You have until January 31 to vote for the best video. The voting link is
I'd like to address something very dangerous. The product on my mind right now is called ALOREX. This is a vitamin supplement marketed primarily to celiac patients. The product is put out by Progressive Health as a vitamin supplement making essentially claims of replacing vitamins that celiacs tend to become deficient in due to their dietary restrictions. They even go so far as to add the disclaimer
"These statements have no been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure of prevent any disease."
This information can be found at http://www.progressivehealth.com/Catalog/alorex.htm
Now, when you go to the product's website, it makes similar claims, but without the disclaimer. It can be found here http://www.alorex.com/
One of the other differences is that the Alorex website includes a list of scientific studies. Now, these studies tend to revolve around the vitamins themselves and the deficiencies associated with celiac patients. None of them actually mention Alorex.
Now, this would be the same as any other naturopathic idiocy except that there is one more claim that violates even the loosest set of ethics a person should have. An Ebay auction listed here http://cgi.ebay.com/ALOREX-CELIAC-MANAGEMENT-GLUTEN-INTOLERANCE-90-CAPS-/380283922812?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588ab0297c#ht_3308wt_914
makes the further claim of "No More Avoiding Grains." They go on to explain how, once you take Alorex, you, as a celiac, can then eat grains of all sorts without fear of adverse affects. This is a plain and utter lie.
This company is a danger to people and their claims can easily cause someone's death. Please join me in making sure they cannot continue to operate. Report them to the FDA at
and make a difference. Save lives.
This week's logical fallacy is Ad Ignorantium; the argument from ignorance. The jist of this fallacy is that the arguer claims that since they cannot understand how something can possibly be true, so it must be false. This is used often from the creationist/intelligent design camp. They claim that they cannot understand how such complex life could have been the result of spontaneous mutations and natural selection over time, so it must be false. Their idea of the simpler option is "God did it." Ya, the easy way out.
Since we're coming on that time, I'd like to plug the Darwin Day website. Look for an event near you.
Saturday, February 12, 2001 is Darwin Day. This is the anniversary of Darwin's birthday. Look to your local Humanists or other secular organization for an event near you!
April 7-10, 2011 is the American Humanist Association 70th Anniversary Conference near Boston, MA. Get your tickets now at http://www.americanhumanist.org/
Last weeks' brain teaser had no correct answers. It was
What did Darwin originally wrongly categorize his finches as?
The answer is: Wren
This weeks' brain teaser is:
Name the well known computer pioneer who was once a notorious "phone hacker" in the pay phone days.
As always, send guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote of the Week
This quote is the best response to the most common defense of CAM practices.
"Heroin also makes people feel better, but I wouldn't recommend using heroin." - James Randi